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Mother, Daughter Blown Offshore Kayaking On Long Island Sound Rescued

A mother and daughter who were blown offshore while kayaking on the Long Island Sound were rescued by Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers.
A mother and daughter who were blown offshore while kayaking on the Long Island Sound were rescued by Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers. Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau

A mother and daughter who were blown offshore while kayaking on the Long Island Sound were rescued by Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers.

Noreen McLoughlin, 54, and her daughter Dana, 19, departed from Sunken Meadow Beach to kayak on the Long Island Sound on Friday, July 19 at approximately 8 p.m., Suffolk County Police said.

Once offshore and after darkness fell, they found the wind was too strong and they were having difficulty paddling their 13-foot kayak back to shore, according to police.

Noreen’s husband, Joseph McLoughlin, 47, of Levittown had remained on shore and called 911. The Suffolk County Police Department dispatched two rescue boats and a helicopter to search for his wife and daughter. The New York State Park Police, Smithtown Fire Department and United States Coast Guard also responded.

Police Officers Christopher DeFeo and Anthony Chin, aboard Marine Delta, arrived in the search area and noticed the light of a cell phone in the distance, which led them to the kayak. 

Officers brought the two women aboard the police boat and transported them safely to shore at the Kings Park Boat Ramp on the Nissequogue River where they were reunited with Joseph McLoughlin. Both were wearing life jackets, and neither required medical attention.

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